I will start by confessing that I am a big of a tea addict. I am not quite as bad as my dear old mum was-she couldn’t even face breakfast without having had at least 2 cups, and was never more than half an hour away from her next one! But I am partial to a cuppa.
I’ll pretty much drink any tea, but my tea of choice os the classic, Earl Grey.
Now you wouldn’t think that tea would be that complicated would you?
Well it is.
As well as all the arguments about the ‘right’ way to make tea: teapot or not; bag or loose; boiling water or 90C; milk 1st etc etc, when you are trying to make the ‘right’ choices ethically, it get a whole lot harder.
I found out recently that tea bags actually contain tiny amounts of plastic, and that although I’ve been happily chucking them in the compost heap, they won’t even actually completely degrade, and will leave behind a little plastic ghost. And I’d never really thought about the fact that tea page are made from paper, and that that’s a WHOLE lot of paper…
So I decided to go Old School, and start using loose leaf tea.
I had recently discovered Williamson Tea, in bag form, and it seemed to tick all the boxes in terms of sustainability-they use sustainable farming methods, and ensure that the workers on their farms are paid a living wage, and treated fairly, and the tea is Rainforest Alliance certified. Happy Days.
Hubby did a spot of research online and discovered that we could buy Williamson tea loose leaf, and if we ordered a minimum amount (it is quite a bit-should last me a year…!) we could get it without paying P&P. More Happy Days.
When it arrived, I opened it with great excitement, to find lots of little over-packaged canisters
And I am sure that Williamson are not alone in the over-packaging of their tea.
I got all excited when I saw some tea from Bluebird Tea at a Festival recently. I was even more excited when it looked like it was being dispensed in paper bags. But my excitement was short-lived as I realised that the paper bags were plastic lined with zip-loc type closures.
I get that it’s to make sure the tea stays fresh, and that we get the optimal storage conditions for the tea, but we have a perfectly good, air-tight, REUSABLE tea caddy thing at home already 🙁
Whatever happened to buying loose tea in paper bags by the lb?
(Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question!)
(Actually, do answer that if you know where I can get some…!)